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Sport Barty wins all-Aussie Sydney semi-final

08:49  12 january  2018
08:49  12 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

Ashleigh Barty to meet Daria Gavrilova in Sydney International semis ahead of Australian Open

  Ashleigh Barty to meet Daria Gavrilova in Sydney International semis ahead of Australian Open Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has booked a Sydney International semi-final showdown with compatriot Daria Gavrilova after a convincing win in the last eight.The 19th-ranked Barty showed why she entered the summer as Australia's number one player after dominating an error-prone Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2 on Ken Rosewall Arena.

In winning Barty , Australia's top-ranked woman, saved Australia from a home player wipeout on day two of the Australian Open. First-time Barty eyeing second . Ashleigh Barty 's centre court date with Naomi Osaka could propel the local No.1 into the second week of the Australian Open.The

Barty becomes the first Australian to make the Sydney final since Alicia Molik and Samantha Stosur set up an all - Aussie affair in the 2005 title match, which Molik won . Barty awaits the winner of the late semifinal between Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi and former World No.1 Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia returns serve against Daria Gavrilova© Brendan Esposito/AAP Image Ashleigh Barty of Australia returns serve against Daria Gavrilova Ashleigh Barty will compete for just her second career title after defeating compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6 6-4 6-2 in an all-Australian semi-final at the Sydney International.

In a topsy-turvy match on Friday that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set to set up a final against Angelique Kerber or Camila Giorgi.

Her strong campaign is strong preparation for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne, where she opens against world No.69 Aryna Sabalenka.

"It's been a pleasure playing here this week and it's nice getting a bit of confidence going into our biggest tournament for us," Barty said after the match.

Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final

  Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final on Friday. Kerber, a former No. 1 and the 2016 Australian Open champion, won all four singles at the Hopman Cup and now all four in Sydney en route to the final.She will face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Australian compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.In a match that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set.

Ashleigh Barty has won the battle of the Aussies and is through to the Sydney final . Ashleigh Barty has survived blustery conditions to progress through to her first WTA final on home soil after defeating compatriot Daria Gavrilova in the Sydney International semifinals 3-6 6-4 6-2.

Sydney awaits an all Aussie women's semi final and a clash of the generations in the men's draw.

Nerves allowed both players to draw a break early in the match, however Barty in particular had trouble on serve, holding just once on her way to losing the first set.

The Ipswich product responded by reeling off the first three games of the second, but each time Gavrilova fought back, Barty continued to make inroads into her serve.

Gavrilova's frustration spilled over in the ninth game of the set when, soon after levelling at 4-4, she double-faulted twice and received a code violation for cracking her racquet.

Momentum was well and truly with Barty when she forced a deciding set and broke early in the third. While Gavrilova attempted to stay with Barty, she was broken to love in the seventh game.

Former world No.1 Kerber and Giorgi, a qualifier, meet later on Friday.

Australian Open 2018: Barty over as Ash crashes out .
First came the shock change of court, then came the unwanted exit, as Ashleigh Barty's Australian Open campaign was brought to a crashing halt by Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday.First came the shock change of court, then came the unwanted exit, as Ashleigh Barty's Australian Open campaign was brought to a crashing halt by Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

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